“I believe the human spirit is incredibly strong, resilient, and capable of achieving personal growth and healing with the right support and focus.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since a young age, I've always had a desire to learn about people, the human experience, and how to help those around me. This led me to pursue my undergraduate degree in American culture with a curriculum that focused on studying the diversity of the American landscape and paid particular attention to ethnic, gender, economic, and various forms of social difference and inequality. From there, I went on to receive my master’s in clinical social work where I developed my clinical skills and utilized a holistic approach to therapy, taking into consideration the many interrelated parts of the human experience (biological, emotional, cognitive, relational, cultural, and spiritual).
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe the human spirit is incredibly strong, resilient, and capable of achieving personal growth and healing with the right support and focus. I employ an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, and mind-body techniques. Each person’s therapy is their own individual experience, and therefore it is tailored to suit their needs. Drawing from a strengths-based and self-compassionate approach, we will explore your thought patterns, feelings, and behaviors while tuning into your body cues in new ways and promoting a deeper sense of understanding and empowerment. While it's impossible to prevent the ups and downs in life, my goal is to help you walk away with the ability to self-soothe, uplift, and center yourself whenever you need to.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My work is enriched by advanced training and diverse practice. I received a postgraduate certificate from NYU in advanced cognitive behavioral therapy and a certification in child and teen mindfulness and yoga. I have taken training in the mind-body approach of emotional freedom technique (EFT) tapping and have maintained a daily transcendental meditation practice since 2015. I often integrate these practices into my work with clients, as they have proven successful in reducing stress and improving overall health and wellbeing. I strive to stay updated on the most current advances in therapy, including positive psychology, self-compassion, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited to see the growing body of research demonstrating that teletherapy is just as effective as traditional face-to-face psychotherapy. It's important to me that psychotherapy be as accessible as possible. Teletherapy has been shown to improve access to qualified professionals. It offers the convenience and comfort of therapy from home and minimizes the need to sacrifice time or neglect other valued activities in your life. By receiving teletherapy from home, you can prioritize your mental health and avoid the discomfort of sitting in an office waiting room, lengthy commutes, and various other barriers to treatment.
What can I expect from an initial call and subsequent first session?
Whether it's your first time seeking therapy or you're returning to it again, starting is an extremely brave step. It takes a great deal of courage to share your story with a person you’ve only just met and it's not always easy to ask for help. I strive to honor your bravery by making the beginning steps to therapy as simple, safe, and transparent as possible. To begin, I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation as an opportunity to learn more about you and your reasons for seeking therapy. I will also tell you about my approach and background in order to determine if we may be a good fit for working together. If you decide that you want to move forward, we will schedule a mutually-convenient time to meet for your first session. During this session, I will learn more about your reasons for seeking therapy, begin to obtain a background and history from you, and start to tailor a treatment plan individually for you.
“I employ an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, and mind-body techniques.”